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13th May '17 6:15:59 PM Xen2050
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*** In the same episode the comics are talking about Krusty's stand-up routine, Janeane Garofalo says "did you get a load of Corpsey the clown?" Bruce Baum says "that guy cheapens our whole profession. What did you think of him, Internet Comic?" then his laptop on a stool makes a sound twice (Apple's Sosumi sound) indicating "no" or "bad" and all the comics laugh.
11th May '17 3:44:37 AM Erin582
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* ''Series/SuperiorCourt'': An episode of this 1980s courtroom drama had an episode where a witness, rendered a vegetable after a game of Russian roulette, testify at a murder trial by answering yes/no questions through blinking. His testimony helps convict the defendant.

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* ''Series/SuperiorCourt'': ''Superior Court'': An episode of this 1980s courtroom drama had an episode where a witness, rendered a vegetable after a game of Russian roulette, testify at a murder trial by answering yes/no questions through blinking. His testimony helps convict the defendant.



* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
** In one episode, a brain dead patient's therapist gets killed. They suspect the vegetable's husband, who was trying some sort of fraud to profit off the both of them, or something. To get him to confess, they have the dead therapist's assistant set up feedback from the vegetable, using set up "Yes" and "No" questions and detecting brainwave spikes for a "Yes" if she doesn't look at the signs. [[spoiler:Subverted in that it really doesn't work - they're relying solely on the perp's guilty conscience, since the therapist's assistant explicitly states this won't work to the detectives.]]
** This also shows up in an episode concerning a multiple sclerosis patient who is reduced to blinking twice for yes and once (or crying) for no. Most of the latter half of the story is largely concentrated on the detectives trying to get her to use her fingers to point at the guilty suspect, as this trope is too weak to use in a court case.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
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In one episode, an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', a brain dead semicomatose patient's therapist gets killed. They The detectives suspect the vegetable's woman's husband, who was trying some sort of fraud to profit off disprove the both therapist claims about her level of them, or something. consciousness so that he can withdraw her life-support system and collect her hefty life insurance policy. To get him to confess, they have the dead therapist's assistant set up feedback from the vegetable, using set up "Yes" and "No" questions cards and detecting brainwave spikes for a "Yes" if she doesn't look at the signs. [[spoiler:Subverted in that it really doesn't work - they're relying solely on the perp's guilty conscience, since the therapist's assistant explicitly states this won't work to the detectives.]]
** This * In ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', this also shows up in an episode concerning a multiple sclerosis patient who is reduced to blinking twice for yes and once (or crying) for no. Most of the latter half of the story is largely concentrated on the detectives trying to get her to use her fingers to point at the guilty suspect, as this trope is too weak to use in a court case.



* Jean-Dominique Bauby (author of TheDivingBellAndTheButterfly) suffered a massive stroke and was left with control over one eye. At first he could only answer "yes" or "no" questions but his doctors devised a new system of reading out letters. This meant he was able to write his novel one blink at a time.

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* Jean-Dominique Bauby (author of TheDivingBellAndTheButterfly) ''The Diving Bell And The Butterfly'') suffered a massive stroke and was left with control over one eye. At first he could only answer "yes" or "no" questions but his doctors devised a new system of reading out letters. This meant he was able to write his novel one blink at a time.


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* In addition to eyes, one may also use a system of hand squeezes as a means of communication if they're unable to speak (i.e., for someone in a coma to see if they can hear a person on the "outside" or not.)
15th Apr '17 5:42:14 PM nombretomado
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* In ''SonicUnderground'' Manic uses this to communicate with Knuckles' pet dinosaur. "One bark means yes, two barks means no."

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* In ''SonicUnderground'' ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'' Manic uses this to communicate with Knuckles' pet dinosaur. "One bark means yes, two barks means no."
18th Mar '17 7:18:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'': "Clop" is an unspeaking prisoner who communicates only by knocking his hoof on the floor. One is yes, two is no, three means he's hungry... Too bad nobody knows what four and five mean.

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* ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'': ''Website/{{Neopets}}'': "Clop" is an unspeaking prisoner who communicates only by knocking his hoof on the floor. One is yes, two is no, three means he's hungry... Too bad nobody knows what four and five mean.
27th Jan '17 2:13:43 PM ProfessorDetective
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* ''Series/BreakingBad'': Hector "Tio" Salamanca is confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak in his old age (possibly from a stroke). He presses a bell attached to his wheelchair arm once for "yes" and does not press it for "no." This unusual method of communication is used for several humorous scenes as he tries to convey his meaning to other characters, but is sometimes used more dramatically, as he reveals he knows more than his senile appearance lets on.

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'': Hector "Tio" Salamanca is confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak in his old age (possibly from a stroke). He presses a bell attached to his wheelchair arm once for "yes" and does not press it for "no." This unusual method of communication is used for several humorous scenes as he tries to convey his meaning to other characters, characters but is sometimes used more dramatically, as he reveals he knows more than his senile appearance lets on.



* The pilot of ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' had Mac using this with a woman suffering from locked in syndrome. Unfortunately, she had a stroke before he could finish questioning her. This was an inversion of the standard code as Mac choose to have two blinks mean "yes" and one mean "no".

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* The pilot of ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' had Mac using this with a woman suffering from locked in locked-in syndrome. Unfortunately, she had a stroke before he could finish questioning her. This was an inversion of the standard code as Mac choose to have two blinks mean "yes" and one mean "no".



* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Finch is shown communicating with the Machine in its early days via this method, using the vibration-tone setting on his mobile.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E01IThinkImGonnaLikeItHere "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" (S09, Ep01)]], Dean has Crowley locked in the trunk of the Impala. He asks Crowley to knock once for yes and two for no, and then asks Crowley if he is alive.
* In ''Series/StrangerThings'' a character trapped in a strange place is able to communicate with others by manipulating electrical currents. He initially uses this method with a set of lights until a slightly more sophisticated means of communication is devised.

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Finch is shown communicating with the Machine in its early days via this method, using the vibration-tone vibration setting on his mobile.
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* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E01IThinkImGonnaLikeItHere "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" (S09, Ep01)]], Dean has Crowley locked in the trunk of the Impala. He asks Crowley to knock once for yes and two for no, no and then asks Crowley if he is alive.
* In ''Series/StrangerThings'' a character trapped in a strange place is able to communicate with others by manipulating electrical currents. He initially uses this method with a set string of Christmas lights until a slightly more sophisticated means of communication is devised.



* "Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me/ Twice on the pipe if the answer is no..." - the classic [[TheSixties late 60s hit]] "Knock Three Times" by Tony Orlando and Dawn, prevents the "yes yes" dilema by using different objects for yes and no.

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* "Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me/ Twice on the pipe if the answer is no..." - the classic [[TheSixties late 60s hit]] "Knock Three Times" by Tony Orlando and Dawn, prevents the "yes yes" dilema dilemma by using different objects for yes and no.
11th Jan '17 7:43:31 PM nombretomado
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* In the Creator/LordPeterWimsey novel ''Strong Poison'', Miss Climpson fakes a seance, as an excuse to search the house of a dying woman for a will that Lord Peter suspects will contain incriminating evidence.

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* In the Creator/LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey novel ''Strong Poison'', Miss Climpson fakes a seance, as an excuse to search the house of a dying woman for a will that Lord Peter suspects will contain incriminating evidence.
14th Dec '16 2:35:02 PM LDSTroper1
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* The ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "All's Whale That Ends Whale" features a trained whale. When Baloo and Kit disocver that the whale's sleazy trainer has been mistreating him, the trainer alters the whale's responses to keep from losing his meal ticket.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "All's Whale That Ends Whale" features a trained whale. When Baloo and Kit disocver discover that the whale's sleazy trainer has been mistreating him, the trainer alters the whale's responses to keep from losing his meal ticket.
25th Nov '16 8:13:50 AM BoyNinja
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** In a Treehouse of Horror episode ("The Diving Bell and The Butterball"), Homer is paralyzed completely by a black widow bite and has to listen to Lisa talk too much until it occurs to him he can stop her...by farting. After a little while, Lisa discovers she can translate the number of farts into letters, instead of the usual yes or no. They end up writing a long letter to Marge.
18th Aug '16 8:34:56 AM Dimensio
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* In ''Series/StrangerThings'' a character trapped in a strange place is able to communicate with others by manipulating electrical currents. He initially uses this method with a set of lights until a slightly more sophisticated means of communication is devised.
14th Aug '16 10:00:53 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Superintendent Municipal AI in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}: ODST'' can only communicate via pre-recorded audio city notices and traffic signs. For example, when attempting to ask marines to not blow up a bridge, it asks them to 'Keep It Clean, Respect Public Property'. When faced with the eventuality that the Covenant would soon be accessing it's datacenter, the AI releases the bridge controls and ironically responds 'Bridge Toll Accepted, Have a Pleasant Trip.'

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* The New Mombasa's Superintendent Municipal AI in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}: ODST'' ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' can only communicate via pre-recorded audio city notices and traffic signs. For example, when attempting to ask marines to not blow up a bridge, it asks them to 'Keep It Clean, Respect Public Property'. When faced with the eventuality that the Covenant would soon be accessing it's its datacenter, the AI releases the bridge controls and ironically responds 'Bridge Toll Accepted, Have a Pleasant Trip.'
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